Paris, France) – Cearense Thiago Monteiro managed to escape facing one of the main names in his debut at Roland Garros. However, the draw held this Thursday put a local tennis player in his path, the current 65th in the world Benjamin Bonzi.
A 26-year-old Frenchman, Bonzi has eight wins and 10 losses in Grand Slam main brackets and has only made it past his debut on Parisian clay twice. Last year, he was beaten in the first round by the American Frances Tiafoe in three sets.
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It will be the third time that the two will measure forces around the circuit and the duel will serve as a tie-breaker. The two previous meetings were last year and on hard courts, Bonzi won the first in Winston-Salem and Monteiro returned the defeat later in Gijon.
If he manages to overcome his debut against the home tennis player, who has not played since April 11 due to a wrist injury, the left-hander from Fortaleza will face the winner of the match between Argentine Francisco Cerundolo, seed 23, and Spanish Jaume Munar.
In his professional career, Monteiro has 7 wins and 18 losses in Grand Slam main brackets. It will be his fifth appearance in the key in Paris. The best campaign was in 2020, when he won two games and stopped in the third round.